An acrimonious campaign comes to end
The curtains came down on what was arguably a bitter campaign for the simultaneous elections to the 175 Assembly and the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.
The ball is now in the voters’ court and over 3.66 crore electors will decide the fate of 2,395 and 344 candidates for the Assembly and the Lok Sabha constituencies respectively on April 11. It is going to be a nerve-wracking 40-day wait for the candidates mostly belonging to YSRCP, TDP, Jana Sena, BJP and Congress, as counting will take place on May 23.
The campaign, often marked by personal charges, went on till the fag-end of the day on Tuesday. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu campaigned in Guntur and ended it in Tadikonda in the capital. YSRCP president Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy preferred to go on a whirlwind tour of Mangalagiri in Guntur district, then on to Kurnool and ended it in the temple town of Tirupati. Not to be left behind, actor and Jana Sena Party leader Pawan Kalyan went round the Narasapuram Lok Sabha constituency from where his brother Naga Babu is contesting and then to Bhimavaram, his second Assembly constituency.